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Crime & Courts

Sycamore man accused of sexual assault of a child is free on bond

Patrick Miller
Patrick Miller

SYCAMORE – A Sycamore man who is accused of raping a child is out on bond Thursday after he told the court Thursday he would be able to afford $3,000 in bail.

Patrick J. Miller, 25, of the 500 block of Victor Street was charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and aggravated criminal sexual abuse Wednesday after Sycamore and Cortland police concluded an investigation, according to a police news release.

Miller surrendered to Sycamore police after he learned there was a warrant for his arrest, his attorney, Beth Peccarelli, said in court Thursday.

Police say that between January 2015 and June 2019, Miller assaulted a girl who was younger than 13, according to court documents. Miller also is accused of groping her, according to court documents.

If convicted of the most serious charge of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child, Miller could face up to 30 years in prison.

Judge Robbin Stuckert told Miller in court that if Miller is convicted of all three counts, he would be required to serve the sentences consecutively.

In addition, a conviction would mean Miller would have to register as a sex offender for life.

The original warrant for Miller had bond set for $50,000, and Assistant State’s Attorney Brooks Locke asked Stuckert to keep it at that amount.

Stuckert reported that Miller had said in an interview with pretrial services that he could come up with $3,000 for bail, and so set bond at $30,000.

Stuckert also ordered Miller to be placed on pretrial supervision, electronic home monitoring, to have no contact with the victim and to have no unsupervised contact with children.

Miller is next due in court October 25.

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